Home security crime in Australia is a growing problem – at least that’s what 58 per cent of Australian’s believe, according to Roy Morgan research.
Home robberies were at their highest in six years during late 2017, with breakins and other home security breaches remaining a problem.
Whether you’re a home owner or a renter, home security should be a top priority.
Naturally, thieves target properties with little to no security, or homes that look unoccupied or easily accessible.
However, with more than two million Australians not implementing basic security measures, there’s lots that can be done to safeguard against break-ins and better protect families, homes and belongings.
If you’re looking to increase your home security, here are some proven tips from VIEW.com.au that you can start implementing today.
1. Change or rekey new home locks immediately
Rekeying new home locks when you move isn’t something you may usually think to do. However, assuming every former owner or renter of your new home is as trustworthy as you, and has handed back all copies of the keys, can be a recipe for disaster. Unless you’ve built a new home from scratch, you can never be too sure how many sets of keys to your property exist.
2. Install an alarm system or CCTV cameras
Investing in a home security system can provide the level of security you need, whether you’re in a rental or your own property. Alarm systems, CCTV cameras or a full home security system are effective deterrents, with burglars admitting they avoid homes with them.
3. Add sensor and timed lighting to outdoor areas
Home lighting is another proven technique to help deter thieves from targeting your property. Houses that appear to be vacant or unoccupied are a prime target for offenders. Adding sensor or timed lighting, especially when you’re not home, can give the impression someone is there. Consider a smart system, which can automate your home’s lights, audio speakers, TVs, security cameras, locks and appliances, these are all controlled from your smartphone.
4. Install correct lock types for different entry points
Smart systems also connect smart locks, which notify you if a door has been unlocked or if someone is trying to bypass it.
5. Install security screens to windows and doors
Add to your defences with security screens installed on windows and doors. The most common method of entry in home break-ins is via windows and doors. Mesh security screens act as security barrier, but also allow you to open the house up without jeopardising on safety.
6. Consider investing in a safe
Some households may benefit from a small safe, depending on security requirements. Find a suitable size safe that suits your needs and have it bolted to the floor or a secure spot within the home. If you have personal valuables, such as jewellery or important documents, keeping them secure in the safe is ideal if a break-in does occur.
7. Avoid sharing travel plans on social media
If you’re planning a coming getaway, avoid posting the travel dates on social media and other public platforms. This leaves your property open for people to know that your house will be unoccupied. Instead, keep details to a minimum and ensure you have automatic lighting set up when you’re away.
8. Ask a friend or neighbour to collect mail and check up
Unemptied mail boxes are a sure sign the house is unoccupied. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to call in while you’re away and move your car, collect your mail and check primary entry points for possible intrusion.